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North Coast trout stocking begins; Hebo Lake reopens
 
March 4, 2011

 

TILLAMOOK –Beginning the week of March 7, the annual trout stocking of north coast lakes will resume. A number of north coast lakes are scheduled to be stocked with legal size (about 8-10”) rainbow trout. Notably, Hebo Lake is back on the schedule for 2011.

The United States Forest Service had closed Hebo Lake for much of 2010 while undertaking a large restoration project.

“We’re very pleased that Hebo Lake will be open for fishing once again,” said Robert Bradley, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fish biologist in Tillamook. “Anglers should really benefit from the work the Forest Service completed.” Access to the lake will be available beginning March 7. In addition to legal-sized trout, Hebo Lake a will receive approximately 50 “trophy trout” ranging in size from 1-2 pounds for the initial stocking.

Anglers are reminded that the standard five fish bag limit and all other permanent angling rules apply, according to Bradley. ODFW had removed bag limits prior to the lake being drained in 2010.

Other north coast lakes will see their first trout of the season next week also. Spring, Cape Meares, Lytle, Town, Coffenbury, and Lost lakes are scheduled to be stocked. Vernonia Pond, in the city of Vernonia, will also be stocked. Each of these lakes, as well as several others, will be stocked periodically through the spring. Recent snow may delay early season stocking at some higher elevation lakes, such as South Lake and Lost Lake.

The complete stocking schedule is available by calling ODFW in Tillamook at 503-842-2741 or can be viewed at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/trout_stocking_schedules/2011/northwest/north_coast.asp

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Contact:

Robert Bradley (503) 842-2741
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

 
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